FX Upcoming Winter Premieres And Highlights!

(FX) Not sure just how long it will take us to get over the surprisingly heartwarming season finale of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel, however the network has plenty more on the way to feed our appetite.  We are incredibly excited for the upcoming premieres of “Baskets” starring Zach Galifianakis and “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” coming up soon!

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Baskets, a new comedy co-created by and starring Zach Galifianakis, debuts on FX on Thursday January 21 at 10 PM ET/PT. Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) wants to follow his dream of being a French clown—however, reality keeps interfering. Saddled with financial difficulties and facing an impenetrable language barrier, he moves back home to Bakersfield with high hopes. There, he is forced to confront his past while working as a rodeo clown and competing with his siblings for his mother’s approval and affection. Baskets was co-created by Executive Producers Jonathan Krisel, Emmy® Award-nominated writer and director (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman), Emmy Award-winning Louis C.K. (Louie) and Emmy Award-winning Zach Galifianakis (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis). M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph are also Executive Producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.

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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the latest limited series from FX, premieres on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 PM ET/PT. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the limited series is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. From Executive Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling Brown, Nathan Lane, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson and Bruce Greenwood. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

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The Americans will return in March with Season 4 (premiere date TBD) on FX. The Americans is one of the most critically acclaimed series on television and the winner of numerous awards, including Best Drama Series from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards (2015), Outstanding Achievement in Drama from the Television Critics Association Awards (2015), a 2015 Primetime Emmy® Award (Margo Martindale, Guest Actress in a Drama Series), AFI Award for TV Program of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and a Peabody Award (2015). The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg, who serves as an Executive Producer and Writer along with Joel Fields. Graham Yost and Chris Long are also Executive Producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The Americans is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

FX Orders Third Installment Of FARGO!


(FX) FX has ordered a third installment of the Emmy®, Golden Globe®, AFI and Peabody award-winning limited series Fargo from Creator Noah Hawley, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.

The second installment of Fargo currently ranks as the most critically-acclaimed television of 2015 according to Metacritic with a score of 96 out of 100, and it also scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has the highest average critics’ rating of any show on TV this year with 9.1 out of 10.

“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us,” Schrier said. “Our thanks to Noah, Warren, Joel & Ethan, John and our partners at MGM Television for making Fargo such a memorable and rewarding journey.”

Fargo returned with an all-new episode last night – “Did you do this? No, you did it!” (Episode 7, Aired November 23, 10:00 pm e/p) – Lou and Hank investigate in Fargo, The King of Breakfast visits Betsy and Molly, Floyd is summoned away and Bear questions a family member’s loyalty. Written by Noah Hawley and Matt Wolpert & Ben Nedivi; directed by Keith Gordon.

Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and John Cameron will all return for the new installment. FX’s Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.

The first installment of Fargo garnered universal critical acclaim and won three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, two Golden Globe awards, including Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and a Peabody Award.

The second installment of Fargo, currently airing on FX, follows a young State Trooper (Patrick Wilson) and his Sheriff father-in-law (Ted Danson) as they investigate a grisly case involving a local crime family and a major mob syndicate, and a small town beautician (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband (Jesse Plemons) who inadvertently get caught in the middle.

American Horror Story Will Be Returning For A Sixth Installment On FX!


(FX) FX has ordered the sixth installment of the groundbreaking and award-winning anthology limited series American Horror Story, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. The as-of-yet untitled sixth installment will air on FX in 2016 with the next chapter of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning franchise co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

“With the sixth installment coming next year, American Horror Story has unquestionably joined the ranks of television’s landmark series,” Landgraf said. “From Murder House to Hotel, AHS has pioneered a new television form as well becoming FX’s highest rated show — while also pushing every conceivable boundary of creative excellence and audacity. This is even more remarkable because Ryan and co-creator Brad Falchuk tear up the playbook every year, challenging the entire creative team to come up with something even more spectacular, frightful and entertaining. You could not ask more of an artist, their team or a series and with every new installment they deliver.”

Ryan Murphy serves as Co-Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer and Director of American Horror Story: Hotel and Brad Falchuk is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Writer. Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin Woodall also serve as Executive Producers. The American Horror Story franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The first four installments of the American Horror Story limited series franchise have received 71 Emmy Award nominations and 13 Emmy Award wins, including five Emmy awards for its fourth installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show.

American Horror Story: Hotel will return with a new episode tomorrow at 10 PM E/P (Wed., Nov. 11) entitled “Room 33.” Ramona (Angela Bassett) and Donovan (Matt Bomer) enact their plan for revenge. Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare) finds true love. The resident of Room 33 is revealed. (Written by John J. Gray; directed by Loni Peristere)

American Horror Story: Hotel features an all-star cast of Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.

FX Orders “Legion” To Pilot


(FX) FX Networks has ordered the pilot for Legion, the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.

The pilot introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones) will write the pilot and serve as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martain), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski).

The pilot for Legion will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.

“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” Grad said. “His adaption of Fargo for television was one of the most acclaimed television events in recent memory. It’s also an honor to partner with Marvel on Legion and to enlist such an accomplished team of Executive Producers to create this pilot.”

Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® -winning FX limited series Fargo.

Interview With The Bastard Executioner, Himself, Actor Lee Jones! Plus Our Premiere Review!


(PCM) One of this fall’s most highly anticipated new series is Kurt Sutter’s historical drama “The Bastard Executioner”.  Set in the 14th century, “The Bastard Executioner”  follows the story of Wilken Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward The Third’s charge who has become broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.

We have had a chance to check out the series premiere and it is without a doubt one of the most violent and bloodiest that we have seen in quite some time! However, would you expect anything less from Kurt Sutter?  The answer is no and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hot off the heels of the wildly successful “Sons Of Anarchy”, Sutter replaces his motorcycles and guns with horses and swords and does so with finesse. Much the same as with Sons we are already seeing alliances start to form and the inner demons of the main protagonist, Wilken Brattle (Lee Jones) swirling about as he is forced to step into a role and a world that he desperately wished he could have left behind.

The casting for the series is superb and the chemistry between the characters that we have met thus far is fantastic. Actor Stephen Moyer, of “True Blood” fame is excellent as the villainous Milus Corbett and of course, the lovely Katey Sagal shines as the mysterious sorceress Annora.

Despite the fact that the premiere had probably one of the most disturbing scenes that we have ever had to witness (trust us, just wait and see) we are still eager to see just how the rest of “The Bastard Executioner” story will play out and all signs point to Sutter scoring yet another hit series!

We caught up with “The Bastard Executioner”, himself, actor Lee Jones, to chat about his character, the series and working with Sutter, physical training and more!


On  Kurt Sutter’s overall vision for the role and the series 

LEE JONES: It’s developing as we go. Breadcrumbs. He certainly hasn’t given me everything, but I feel like he’s listening to what we do and shaping things as they come back to him.

On physical prep work for taking on the role of Wilken Brattle

LJ: I got cast and then when straight to a two-week boot camp. I hadn’t really ridden horses before, just done a couple of pony trails and that was it. We have an incredible horse team and stunt team here and it was just two weeks of nonstop riding. I had done a lot of sword-fighting on stage before, so getting rid of the stage aspect and being really wide and safe on stuff, that was what I focused on. The stunt guys had me doing boxing footwork, and that keeps me light on my feet. The horse-riding I’m obsessed with; it’s my new favorite thing.

On what he is most excited for viewers to see on the show

LJ: The relationships between the characters. They’re really beautifully drawn by Kurt. There’s great subtlety and depth, as well as the epic scale that the show has. We have done a great job in creating the heart of the show and that’s in the relationships.

On his relationship with Kurt Sutter 

LJ: It’s been great. From day one, he was very very supportive. He was looking out for me, making sure I had enough to go on. He’s a really caring guy. He cares about how we’re feeling so we can deliver the work. We speak about where the character is going from time to time and I’m always interested to know what he’s thinking behind things. He’s feeding off what we’re doing, so things might come up a couple episodes down the track. He’s a great guy and very supportive of me. We have a great friendship.

On early comparisons to “Game of Thrones”

LJ: I think they’re very, very different. This is very based in reality. It’s not fantasy in any way. There is a very well-thought-out mythology behind the show that is developing, and this is much more grounded in actual history. It’s a very gritty, real, medieval world rather than fantasy.

On preparing for fan reaction 

LJ: My luck has changed since I got the job. The fans are tremendous, and to work on something so creative and satisfying and epic, things have gone from 0 to 100 very quickly. I feel like everyone in the cast and the crew have been really supportive, and I know things are going to get perhaps crazy. That’s what people are telling me.

On what he has been surprised to learn about himself as an actor

LJ: I get to explore a lot of myself in this and I think I’m having a great time actually seeing my strengths and my ability. That is the key.

On one of the biggest challenges on-set

LJ: Really, it’s time and being away from home. You also have to be sure to keep the energy up and things like that!

Be sure to tune in for the series premiere of the FX drama “The Bastard Executioner” on September 15 at 10:00pm ET/PT!

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